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Comment: Re: Yes, I agree (Score 1) 532

by gstoddart (#49183315) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Well there's an answer to that, buy a modern computer

I did buy a frickin' "modern" computer, I just didn't buy a portable or a tablet.

I bought a desktop workstation, with 8CPU cores, 16GB of RAM, and which has 6TB of disk space.

And then I had to spend hours removing a fucking romper room interface designed for a cell phone.

If I buy a tablet, I expect a tablet interface. If I buy a desktop workstation, I expect to have that, and not have to strip out the idiotic and brightly colored garbage because some moron at Microsoft has decided the whole fucking world is doing everything on tablets.

The problem is people at Microsoft are stupid enough to think that the tablet interface has any utility whatsoever in a desktop machine, and forget that MANY of us still use desktop workstations to do work ... not connect to Facebook, not to share stuff on Twitter, and pretty much not a damned thing Windows 8.1 is geared towards out of the box.

Out of the box, Windows 8.1 is ahorrific mess of crap, designed for the drooling masses, and designed to be pretty and flashy, but which utterly fails to understand that essentially this is no different from the "Live Desktop" crap we were turning off a decade ago.

It's all eye candy and non substance for a desktop machine. So far, when you turn the crap off, it's a great OS. But Microsoft has no idea of what the desktop experience needs to be.

Comment: Define 'desktop' ... (Score 4, Interesting) 274

It too me a day or so to remove the crap from Windows 8.1 to make it look like an actual desktop.

So windows 10 will, what, be just as broken as the desktop was in Windows 8.1? Or it will try to suck less and be less like a tablet experience?

At this point, I'm forced to conclude (from a week or so of running my new Windows 8.1 machine) that most of the decisions Microsoft has been making indicate they no longer know how to write a UI for a desktop, and they're entirely focused on writing only stuff for tablets.

They keep betting they're going to be successful on the phone Real Soon Now ... and they're so busy playing catch up they might need to worry someone is going to come out with the next new thing before they can put out a copy of what everyone else has had for years.

So the same experience on a Windows 10 phone as a desktop? That's based on giving you a crappy experience on the desktop.

Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 147

by gstoddart (#49182703) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

Every time I see a comment like this I wonder if the person has some kind of reading comprehension problem

Funny, when I see comments like this I conclude the poster is an asshole.

There was no deficiency in the Bitcoin protocol

Speaking of reading comprehension, did I fucking suggest it was a failure in the protocol?

The problem with Bitcoin, as I see it, is it seems to bring out the stupid in people. As in people handing over virtual money, to a shady player, who is neither a bank nor operates as a bank, and isn't insured as a bank, and then are surprised to get ripped off.

It's like the people who have drank the kool-aid about bitcoin become irrational idiots who think the unicorn shit which has been smeared all over bitcoin makes it immune to this.

I don't give a crap what you do with your money. But when I see people hand wringing about losing the money they essentially gave to a shady stranger in a dark alley ... I'm forced to conclude it served these people right for being idiots. Yes, the crypto worked beautifully

I don't give a crap about how wonderful the crypto is, or isn't, in bitcoin. But it seems like people using it suffer from either blind optimism, or inherent stupidity.

Which seems to be the case in all speculative markets, and very especially bitcoin, which seems to give widespread encouragement to become an idiot ... either in what you do, or in how much of a drooling idiot you become on the topic.

Comment: Re:confused (Score 1) 103

How did telephone service become a guaranteed-access human right and lifeline? When will the internet become so essential that to not have it is unacceptable and must be subsidized?

I cannot answer the former. But the answer to the latter is years ago.

. In that sense I watch and see some technologies become victims of their own success -- too many people "rely" on something, and you become a public good and it's out of your control.

That's not just technology. Larger companies have more regulations on hiring/firing than smaller companies. Richer people have to pay more taxes than poorer people. Fundamentally, it's unreasonable to expect a 2 person business to have the same HR structure as a Fortune 100 company, and it's unreasonable for a poor person to earn even 1% of a rich person's tax liability

Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 4, Insightful) 147

by gstoddart (#49181311) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

Sounds like it was an overwhelming success, then.

Every time I see stories like this, I think ... gee, so you entrusted millions of dollars with an entity which isn't a bank, isn't regulated as a bank, and who more or less mostly just promised they wouldn't steal your money ... and somehow people are surprised by this.

On what basis, exactly, does handing strangers your money make sense when you have no legal basis to get it back?

It's hard not to see this as a self inflicted problem, and people handed sacks full of money to some guy in an alley with no receipt thinking they were investing.

Sorry, but I'm afraid this was people believing that Bitcoin was somehow magic, and that nobody would ever be a crook.

Comment: LOL ... Spring break ... (Score 5, Funny) 33

A spokesman for Curiosity said it would be taking some well deserved downtime, basking in the sunshine, and streaming "Rovers Gone Wild" videos.

The spokesman also added Curiosity is long overdue for a vacation in the Martian Riviera.

NASA officials were unavailable for comment on how Curiosity seems to have gotten a bottle of Wild Turkey, a keg, and a beer bong.

Comment: Re:Monopoly Control (Score 1) 103

A monopoly is when one company controls the vast majority of the market. FB (owning Instagram and WhatsApp) certainly qualifies for social networking. And Google certainly does for search.

Further, a social network is, literally, a textbook example of a natural monopoly.

Comment: Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 121

by gstoddart (#49178065) Attached to: Physicists Gear Up To Catch a Gravitational Wave

The machine doesn't just go ping. It provides information about frequency, phase, polarization, and time of flight between two points.

LOL ... Temba, with his arms open!

OK, this is really big science ... and I just need a few more small words ...

We have two small widgets a known distance apart, these widgets are essentially fixed in place, but will wobble when acted upon by ... well, obviously gravity waves.

Since there's nothing big enough to make two things that far apart wobble at the same time (short of something very kinetic, which we'd measure through several other means) ... .. we infer that we have measured the passage of the only phenomenon which could make out widgets wobble? Shit.

So basically a long baseline widget wobbler which weighs waves of gravity. (Assuming of course the theory is right, the engineering is right, and these events happen often enough to measure.)

That's some wacky science right there. Still not sure I got it even close.

Comment: Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 121

by gstoddart (#49177473) Attached to: Physicists Gear Up To Catch a Gravitational Wave

but since all our theory and all our observation says it should be detecting them and only them, it's fairly safe to assume it's actually doing so

So, build me a fucking god detector. And when it goes off, I'm going to call bullshit like I'm calling here.

Look, I'm no physicist ... but surely someone can explain how a machine that goes "ping" is proof positive that it has detected the thing it claims to be detecting, no?

It's clearly something glaringly obvious that I'm too dense to understand ... but the mere fact that a machine goes "ping" doesn't mean it worked, or that it proved anything. It means people invested in saying "see, it went ping, therefore it worked" will be happy ... but the rest of us aren't sure how.

So, a big giant expensive machine goes ping ... and the only plausible explanation, because we have great theories and everybody did their part ... is gravitational waves?

I'm aware I'm not qualified to refute that fancy physics, but it seems like there's a step in there that could use some dumbing down for the rest of us.

Because, let's face it, with a simple light switch, I can build you a bullshit detector. It's demonstrating that it actually worked, instead of just being a light switch, which is the tricky part. ;-)

Comment: Hmmm .... (Score 2) 121

by gstoddart (#49175901) Attached to: Physicists Gear Up To Catch a Gravitational Wave

So can anybody better versed in the physics fill this in a little: "an ultrasensitive instrument that may soon detect ripples in space and time set off when neutron stars or black holes merge".

If the machine goes ping, we infer the machine is working perfectly, and somewhere a neutron star or black hole has merged? But you have no independent confirmation other than the machine going ping?

So, set the damned thing to go ping, and claim you've found gravitational waves ... profit!!!

Seriously, I'm confused. Surely there has to be some other way to confirm the machine works than having it tell you it worked.

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